Ranger Creek Small Batch Series No. 1

RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Our first Small Batch Series release is an Oak-aged Rye OPA. It is a resurrection of UNO, our one-year anniversary beer released on draft in November, 2011. We took our signature Oatmeal Pale Ale, added rye to the grain bill, and aged it in oak barrels for a month. The resulting beer has a soft malt sweetness highlighted with spicy and earthy rye malt, toasted coconut, soft pineapple, apricot, citrus, floral hop flavor and aroma with a dry finish of oak.

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5000's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Bottle:   Dark straw, orangish, dirty and hazy, moderate foamy off-white head, clingy lacing.   Woody nose, a little tropical, make that a lot tropical.   Otherwise it seems citrusy and coconut like.   Very woody and mealy up front.   While the aroma is rather nice, it comes across a bit more meek and deflated.   On the tongue its very woody, oakish, but without all the fruity nuance.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, a bit bubbley, not at all rich like I was expecting for the style.   The maltiness and body weren’t there.   Finishes quick, strong oak lingers.   The nose lead on that this would be a wonderful fruity type woody aged beer, but the fruitiness never materialized and I was left with some plain ole beer that sat on oak.   Not bad, but damn... I wished that nose had delivered in flavor and body.   Thanks Bill for this one!

merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Aroma: Bready, Floral, Mild Citrus Dry Hopping Appearance: Amber/Orangish Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Minimum Lacing Taste: Bready, Mild Brett, Mildly Floral Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying

GreatDane1632 (1174) - North Dakota, USA - JUL 5, 2015
Rated based on notes taken 5 July 2012 -- This was an interesting beer. I honestly didn’t know what to think about it when I drank. I don’t think my palette had developed a taste for the flavors that were inside.

degbert (1776) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle, aged since release at 38F. Nose -- wow. That’s funky. Barnyard, smoke, yeast, citrus, and just a touch of acetic. The beer is still gorgeous; hazy gold with a light creamy head that lasts a surprisingly long time. On the tongue, the bitterness is much more forefront, set off by a deep lemony acidity that keeps the flavor clean. No muddiness or sweetness, this is brawny and substantial with a tight, distinct, and well-defined flavor. It’s almost meaty in its strength. Finish is long and as dynamic as a well-worn leather jacket. An astonishing experience.

hopscotch (11313) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle... Lightly-hazed amber pour with a thin, creamy, white head. Woody, mildly funky nose. Medium-bodied and astringent with buzzing carbonation. The flavor provides a decent balance of moderate bitterness and light acidity. Crisp, Sahara-dry finish. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!

TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Pours a clear gold color with white head. Spice, oak, light fruits, and floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more light fruit.

bhensonb (15845) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle from Rosebud Butternuts. Pours copper with a foamy beige head. Aroma of tripel fruit esters with oak and a hint of rye. Med body or better. Pineapple, light stone fruit, oak, mild rye, and the flavors sort of rotate. Really firm flavors. So woody it approaches sour. Quite tasty.

marcus (10742) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours clear golden with a fluffy off-white head and a citrus and coconut aroma. There is a slightly sour pale malt flavor with a hint of oak.

JStax (7226) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2013
375ml bottle thanks to Errl. The rubbery wax on this bottle was quite resilient. Aroma is musty and dry with a fruity floral presence. Taste is funky and floral. Has a nice dry sweetness. Really not what I was expecting, but its really quite good.

50belair (3684) - Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle. Clear yellow pour with a white head. Bitter bland hops and belgian yeast notes. Below average mouthfeel. Shallow and uninspiring.

DenverLogan (1272) - North Bend, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2013
From 12.7 oz wax top bottle.
Poured in a Chimay goblet.
Pours copper with significant head and lace.
Aroma of oak, sour fruit, slight alcohol, barnyard.
Significant mouthfeel and carbonation.
Flavors of a funky mix of oak, tannins, white grapefruit rind, white pepper, rye, leather, dried apricot. Overall big, bold, slightly mouth puckering with spices. Bitter, dry finish.

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